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We all have bad days – it’s part and parcel of business. But when they happen, they can be extremely frustrating.

Stay Positive

The first thing you must do is to try to keep your positive attitude for as long as possible. It is easier to dwell on the negative and even begin to feel sorry for yourself, but that can seriously zap your creativity. Focus on the positive side every chance you get. Consider what has gone right and what you have managed to accomplish to date.

Be Grateful

Focus on things which are going well. You might have lost a major sponsor, or something didn’t go as well as planned, but that doesn’t mean it is the end of the world. If you are really struggling, then write your gratitude points down to remind yourself of the great things that are happening in your life.

Make Plans

While you might not be able to fix the problem immediately, do something today to remedy the situation. Even taking little steps such as making notes to help you work toward rectifying what went wrong can have a huge difference on your attitude. You can change the situation – take a few deep breaths and move forward.

Be Realistic

While erring on the side of positivity is your aim, keep your feet firmly on the ground. Having unreal expectations can only cause you more unhappiness in the future. Rewrite your narrative, so you gain some control back in your day.

Learn From It

Once you have managed to put it all behind you, then you need to reflect on it. Learn from the mistakes that were made by your organisation and take solid steps so it does not happen again in the future. Understanding the missteps will help you stay on track and achieve your goals.

Your attitude will determine how long it will take you to bounce back from the situation. A smile, a positive attitude and small goals will help you see that you can overcome the hurdle and show the world you mean business.

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I recently watched a TED Talk by Shawn Achor called “The Happy Secret to Better Work” but it could equally well have been called “The Happy Secret to Life.”

Apart from the fact that he’s a gifted storyteller, he caught my attention when he really got into the nitty gritty of his reasoning.

He says that “…it’s not necessarily the reality that shapes us, but the lens through which your brain views the world that shapes your reality. And if we can change the lens, not only can we change your happiness, we can change every single educational and business outcome at the same time.”

He argues that our external world is not what makes us happy, otherwise once we have things shaped the way we like them, we would always be happy. Instead, we find things to make us unhappy – the weather, workloads, family demands. He tells us that 90% of our long-term happiness is predicted not by the external world, but by the way our brains processes the world.

What he is saying is that if we look for the negative, that’s all we see and it colours everything else around us. If we look for the positive, it changes us for the better.

“…dopamine, which floods into your system when you’re positive, has two functions. Not only does it make you happier, it turns on all of the learning centers in your brain allowing you to adapt to the world in a different way.”

Shawn goes on to tell us that we can train our brains to look for the positives and that will open up a new and happier world for us. Watch the clip to find out how to do it.

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